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Somme 100

The event on Saturday 23rd July was a great success with around 2,000 people coming into the garden that day, the sun certainly brought people out.

A little of life in the First World War was recreated in Warwick. Local theatre company Tell Tale entertained visitors with short performances about Warwickshire in World War I which were inspired by primary sources. Their last piece ended poignantly with some soldiers going over the top.
Banners were created by visitors as a lasting memory of the day in a family friendly art workshop facilitated by artists. There was a trench with real objects from the Front plus a rat as big as a cat. Visitors learnt about the Somme in a fun way through the re-enactors passion, enthusiasm and knowledge. Members came from the Birmingham Pals Living History Association and the Warwicks 1914 - 1918. Face painting was provided by cadets from Sutton Coldfield ACF and Sandwell Academy ACF. The Royal Star & Garter Homes, who have a home in Solihull, attended who are marking 100 years. A generous grant from Warwick District Council enabled the museum to offer so many activities for free.

The event was also only made possible with the help of the wonderful museum volunteers without whom the event would not have been able to run. A real team effort with everybody pulling together.

There was a lovely atmosphere that day with the lots going on in town that day - the Warwick Folk Festival and the Smith Street Party, as well as the Vintage & Craft Fair run by Warwickshire County Council also in the garden at St John's House. I hope that everybody that came that day enjoyed it - visitors, participants and volunteers alike.

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